PO Box 410289
Charlotte, North Carolina 28241
Carowinds first opened in 1973, located on the border of North and South
Rides and Pastimes...
Gold Rusher (1972)
A runaway mine train type coaster designed by Arrow, this was an original
coaster in the park.
Thunder Road (1976)
A wooden twin-racer, 3819 feet long with a lift hill of 93 feet.
This John Allen ride takes a little over two minutes and reaches a top
speed of 58 miles per hour (though averages approximately 48 mph).
Carolina Cyclone (1980)
An Arrow Dynamics designed steel quadruple looper. The rides features
two consecutive vertical loops followed by two consecutive cork screws
followed finally by a 450 degree uphill helix.
A Bolliger & Mabillard standup coaster built at a cost of $5.5 million.
The track is 2040 feet long with a 90 foot tall lift that gives the
train its maximum speed of 50 miles per hour. Eath train holds six rows
of four people (ie. 24 people total).
This 3157 foot long woodie was designed by International Coasters Inc.
and can now be found at several of the Paramount parks. The coaster is
themed for the "Wayne's World" movie staring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey
of SNL fame. The coaster features an 83 foot lift hill that gives the
train its 50 mile per hour top speed over its two minute circuit.
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